Comparing Hain Celestial Group (HAIN) & Blue Buffalo Pet Products (BUFF)

Hain Celestial Group (NASDAQ: HAIN) and Blue Buffalo Pet Products (NASDAQ:BUFF) are both mid-cap consumer staples companies, but which is the better investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, valuation, institutional ownership, risk, dividends, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of current ratings and recommmendations for Hain Celestial Group and Blue Buffalo Pet Products, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hain Celestial Group 1 9 4 0 2.21
Blue Buffalo Pet Products 2 7 5 0 2.21

Hain Celestial Group presently has a consensus price target of $35.79, indicating a potential upside of 37.90%. Blue Buffalo Pet Products has a consensus price target of $34.64, indicating a potential downside of 13.41%. Given Hain Celestial Group’s higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Hain Celestial Group is more favorable than Blue Buffalo Pet Products.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

89.1% of Hain Celestial Group shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 94.6% of Blue Buffalo Pet Products shares are held by institutional investors. 12.3% of Hain Celestial Group shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 7.7% of Blue Buffalo Pet Products shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk and Volatility

Hain Celestial Group has a beta of 1.13, suggesting that its share price is 13% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Blue Buffalo Pet Products has a beta of 1.38, suggesting that its share price is 38% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Hain Celestial Group and Blue Buffalo Pet Products’ revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Hain Celestial Group $2.85 billion 0.99 $67.42 million $1.22 21.27
Blue Buffalo Pet Products $1.27 billion 6.14 $193.52 million $0.95 42.11

Blue Buffalo Pet Products has lower revenue, but higher earnings than Hain Celestial Group. Hain Celestial Group is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Blue Buffalo Pet Products, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

Profitability

This table compares Hain Celestial Group and Blue Buffalo Pet Products’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hain Celestial Group 2.81% 8.32% 4.91%
Blue Buffalo Pet Products 15.18% 77.83% 24.37%

Summary

Blue Buffalo Pet Products beats Hain Celestial Group on 9 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.

Hain Celestial Group Company Profile

The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. manufactures, markets, distributes, and sells organic and natural products. Its grocery products include infant formula; infant, toddler, and kids foods; diapers and wipes; rice and grain-based products; flour and baking mixes; breads, hot and cold cereals, pasta, condiments, cooking and culinary oils, granolas, and cereal bars; canned, chilled fresh, aseptic, and instant soups; Greek-style yogurts; chilies and packaged grains; chocolates; and nut butters, as well as plant-based beverages and frozen desserts, such as soy, rice, oat, almond, and coconut. The company's grocery products also comprise juices, hot-eating products, chilled and frozen desserts, cookies, crackers, frozen fruits and vegetables, pre-cut fresh fruits, refrigerated and frozen plant-based meat-alternative products, tofu, seitan and tempeh products, jams, fruit spreads, jellies, honey, marmalade products, and other food products. In addition, it provides snack products, such as potato, root vegetable, and other vegetable chips, as well as straws, tortilla chips, whole grain chips, pita chips, puffs, and popcorn; specialty teas, including herbal, green, black, wellness, rooibos, and chai tea lattes; personal care products consisting of skin, hair, and oral care products, as well as deodorants, baby care items, body washes, and sunscreens and lotions; and poultry and protein products, such as turkey and chicken products. The company sells its products through specialty and natural food distributors, supermarkets, natural food stores, mass-market and e-commerce retailers, food service channels and clubs, and drug and convenience stores in approximately 80 countries worldwide. The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in Lake Success, New York.

Blue Buffalo Pet Products Company Profile

Blue Buffalo Pet Products, Inc., through its subsidiary, Blue Buffalo Company, Ltd., operates as a pet food company in the United States, Canada, Japan, and Mexico. It develops, produces, markets, and sells dog and cat food under the BLUE Life Protection Formula, BLUE Wilderness, BLUE Basics, BLUE Freedom, and BLUE Natural Veterinary Diet lines. The company sells its products to retail partners and distributors in specialty channels, including national pet superstore chains, regional pet store chains, neighborhood pet stores, farm and feed stores, e-commerce retailers, military outlets, hardware stores, and veterinary clinics and hospitals. Blue Buffalo Pet Products, Inc. was founded in 2002 and is headquartered in Wilton, Connecticut.

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